Morning Free Association: How to Suck in Three Easy Steps

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Jeremy Jacobs is a terrible NHL franchise owner. Anyone who has lived through the various NHL lockouts knows this already. He has sucked for many years. However, in the last week alone, he has given a master class in being a terrible sports franchise owner in three easy steps:

1. Do not pledge to pay your staff and wait to see what other owners will do first before making any commitment.

All other NHL franchises, including one owned by notoriously cheap Eugene Melnyck, pledged to pay their gameday staff. But not Jacobs. Many arenas employ Delaware North gameday associates to run their concessions and the owners of those teams affected will be paying those employees, not Jacobs. That would be a complicated situation for a normal company but not so complicated for a huge company like Delaware North that posts revenue of $3.2 billion annually.

2. Only show some action after the state Attorney General gets involved. Make sure that action is empty.

Late last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey received calls from TD Garden gameday staff that were not being paid by Jacobs and his company. On Saturday, the Bruins released a statement on how the Jacobs family planned to handle the compensation situation.

Upon first reading, it seems that TD Garden employees will be paid. However, after a second reading, one might notice the contingent “if” in the middle that just shows that this is a shitty move. So, no, the gameday employees will not be paid until or unless the games are never played.

3. After a poor reception, just lay off everyone. Make sure you do so in an indirect manner so people feel even more disrespected.

On Tuesday afternoon, TD Garden employees started receiving emails stating that they’re being laid off and that they might be eligible for unemployment benefits.

So, instead of being paid by the multi-billionaire owner, by the multi-billion dollar business, they get to see if they can tap into their unemployment benefits that they paid into with their own earnings. This kind of money is chump change for a guy like Jacobs and it’s absolutely sickening to see him treat his workers like this. It’s easy to be a fan of the Bruins players but it’s hard to root for the team that is owned by a shitty guy who has valued profits over people time and again.

So what happens with that $1.5 million fund? If employees are laid off, presumably they can’t be paid out of that. So who gets that money?


Now let’s get to some other news that could inform the above.

Yesterday, the ice at the TD Garden was melted and the decals put away. Reportedly it was due to the significant expense of keeping the ice in shape. Those in charge of ice making at the rink said that it would only take 1-2 days to make a fresh sheet of ice for play.

Later on in the day, word came from TSN insiders that the NHL player self-quarantine is being extended by 10 days while teams try to wait out the worst of the coronavirus outbreak while awaiting word on when small groups can practice together again.

Teams also are giving out home game availability through August.

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*almost* all sides.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning all.

Well, I’ve produced my last newspaper page for a while. We’re stopping publication for the time being, although our website will carry some stuff.

I’m waiting to hear how I’ll personally be affected but the company have said no-one is being laid off and the government have offered to cover 80% of everyone’s salaries.

Hey ho!

Plenty of people got it a lot worse.

Actually, with no travel and no going to the pub I’ve hardly spent any money in the last three weeks! I’ve even given up eating lunch to help our supplies last and to save on TP! Also offsets the fact I’m walking about 4 miles less per day than previously!

Hope you’re all bearing up ok!

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Dang. Sad to hear about the hiatus. Hopefully stuff will return to normal when the pandemic runs its course.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Thanks. Hopefully there will be such a hunger for sport when it returns that it’ll be boom time!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Fuck the Jacobs family. Bunch of twats. And basically they don’t give a shit because they know people will come to still comet to games and buy stuff and still give them money. This whole thing affects them none.

Anyhoo, Vermont finally issued the Stay at Home order starting 5pm tonight. Baby Gritty is going to be so thrilled with me home all the time!

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Oooh, I hope your weather picks up soon, then. Cabin fever can set in fast! (Or submarine syndrome as I found out yesterday Slovakians call it )

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ha! Love that! My plan to get out for a walk regardless of weather just to get outside.